Friday, February 27, 2015
10:37 pm est
Why is the world so obdurate? Why is it so hard
to effect change?
6 years ago, we discussed the reason
why an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God might choose to be less so. http://www.truthabouttheone.com/2009.05.01_arch.html Here we will discuss the problem from a more- human view.
The conclusion is that we act and believe that we want a world of substance, and the more we can control reality,
the less substantial, and the less satisfying, it becomes.
We hunger for substance. We hunger for the ‘real,’ the ‘authentic,’
the ‘genuine.’ We work harder, and are willing to pay more, for something we believe is an
‘original,’ and not a copy, something ‘hand-made,’ and not off some assembly line. We
think the ‘authentic’ has more substance.
observe that we each start with a body. (Some would say as a body.) Our minds come encased, or perhaps entwined is
a better way to put it, in a body which comes with some serious limitations in space and time. Not only that, the body comes
with needs which must be fulfilled, some periodically, some daily, some moment to moment. These demands
of the body require the individual to act in certain ways in the world.
Because the body seems so small, and the world so big, the world does not seem very responsive to its actions.
Look how hard it is to do anything, especially some comparatively large and complicated project, building a house,
say: Plans must first be made, the resistances of the world, the problems it offers, anticipated.
Then material must be gathered. It must be worked. It must be placed.
It must be assembled, to yield the final result. Each step takes time and effort. Each
step must overcome the opposition of reality.
the more difficult it is to get things done, the more obdurate the world seems, the more real it seems to be.
The same goes for the other people in the world: The more one controls them, the less substantial
they become. The more independent they seem to be, the more real they seem.
But this is not enough. We also think things, we
believe things that make the world seem more ‘real,’ more ‘substantial.’
Most believe they are not God. Of these, some believe that there is
no God, and that the world is totally obdurate: That only by actual physical intervention, by physical action, can it be altered,
and that the mind, that belief, of itself, can have no effect on it. In a recent survey, 4/5ths of philosophers,
for instance, believe in some form of ‘non-skeptical realism,’ basically, that the world is as REAL as it can
be. Most philosophers also believe in some form of determinism, which is as rigid a universe as you can
get. All freedoms, all choices are, to them, to some degree, illusory.
There has been some criticism of philosophers, lately, as being somewhat conformist and narrow in their thinking.
They should be clawing at the edges on known reality, trying to find out what is behind the illusion. Pacing
back and forth, trying to figure out the nature of their cage and its philosophical implications. But this,
of course, would call into question the reality of their world.
what about the religious? They believe in a God, and often their God can do anything, which would seem
to detract from the substance and reality of the believer’s world. But do they not make their God
as great and powerful as possible, even impossibly so? Does not this aggrandizement of their God make them
relatively small and powerless in His world? And often He is an authoritarian God, who commands obedience
to often arbitrary and rigid rules, with draconian punishments. Clearly this sort of behavior from their
divine ‘Master’ lends weight and consequence to the worshipper’s actions, and makes their world seem more
‘real’ to them.
And then there are the Ignorant.
One can be highly skilled and knowledgeable in a narrow space, yet ignorant of the principles of the wider world beyond.
Since such ignorance makes it more difficult to operate effectively in that wider world, this adds to its substance.
This thesis has interesting social and political implications. The richer
the rich become, the easier it is for them to do things, particularly things close to themselves, like build ever larger and
more houses for themselves, and immerse themselves ever deeper in ever greater luxury. They want more,
and they get more of what they want. But does this satisfy them? We should expect not,
because the more money, the more power they accumulate, the less real, and the less satisfying, their world becomes to them.
They become increasingly isolated from the consequences of their acts. Further, the more power they have over other people,
the less ‘real’ these people would become. The rich would become increasingly lonely and alienated.
They would become increasingly lonely and alienated, and indeed increasingly isolated from the wider world.
And indeed in the wider world, as the people in it become less substantial, the wealthy feel is less moral weight against
treating the world, and the people in it, badly.
We might expect the wealthy to use their power to undo this, that is, that they would act to relinquish at
least some of their power, to make their experience of their world more satisfying to themselves.
But they are in denial. They must act to reduce their
power, but because they are in denial, because they must deny that the problem is they have too much power, they must seem
to themselves that they are augmenting their power, at the same time they are in reality destroying it. Thus
we would expect their accumulation of wealth to be increasingly through the manipulation of the economy, rather than through
the actual improving of it: To exploit and undermine the economy, rather than investing in it.
Of course, progress itself presents an interesting conundrum.
As the members of a society become more wealthy, the more they are able to effect and control their immediate environment.
Yet as society becomes more complicated, the less the members of that society become are able to effectively manipulate it.
That which they are able to control becomes more immediate, while beyond that the greater world increasingly escapes their
powers. But rather than becoming more real, that greater world becomes less real, as it increasingly escapes their attention.
The more we can manipulate the world, the less
substantial it appears. Of course, there is a happy medium. A person wants some control,
at least enough to gratify one’s needs and least the most important of one’s desires. To be
absolutely powerless is also horrible: Too much reality.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Infinity and God
11:26 pm est
Infinity and God.
start with infinity. Aside from being, ah, large, it has many other properties. Infinity plus any number
is infinity. Infinity times any number is infinity. And so forth. These are just mathematical
properties. But granted infinity is some sort of ‘number,’ is it something more?
Can we even say, with certainty, it is ‘just’ some sort of number, some sort of mathematical object, and
Do we know all the properties of infinity? Well, we can define it, limit it in such a way
that we might think we know all its properties. We could make it merely a limited, mental construct. But
is there such a thing as an objective infinity, in the real world? Or is such an infinity limited to the
ideal, mathematical realm?
do we know all the properties of infinity?
us suppose we don’t. Clearly infinity can contain many complex structures. Is there a limit to the
complexity of structures infinity can contain? Suppose not. (Is there a demonstration
to the contrary, or would this depend on a definition limiting its properties?) Suppose then, it can contain
a structure as complex as the entire real world, that is, the universe. Indeed, let us suppose the universe
is a manifestation of infinity. The universe would be a property of infinity.*
What else might be a property of infinity? God. God might be a property
God, as God really is, could be a property of infinity. Let’s
restate this claim.
Infinity has many properties:
One of these properties is God (as God really is.)
now look at the Atheist’s contrary claim: God (as God really is,) does not exist.
What does this claim require, as prior claims? Well,
it claims God is not a property of infinity. To a first approximation, the claimant is also claiming:
I know all the properties of infinity, and God (as God really is) is not one of them. But this requires
either of the prior chains of claims: There are only a finite number of properties to infinity, I know
them all, and none of them are God. Or: Infinity has infinite properties, but all the infinite properties of infinity may
be classified into a finite number of ‘qualities,’ and I know all these qualities, and none of them allow for
claim is the more likely? The Theist’s claim, that God (as God really is) is merely one of infinity’s
myriad properties, or the Atheist’s claim, that, of infinity’s myriad properties, not one of those properties
is God (as God really is.)
Of course, most Theists make a stronger
claim. They claim that God, as they imagine Him to be, exists and is God as He really is.
What we do know is that infinity contains all our ideations, all the
concatenations of symbols that represent our thoughts, and not all these ideations are made manifest.
The close observer might note that what we have done is dressed up the ‘argument from ignorance:’
We are so ignorant (of the properties of infinity) that God (as God really is) might exist.
Now the refutation of the existence
of God from knowledge that is often actually given is somewhat different from those given above. That claim
is that we know enough of physical reality** that there is effectively no room for God (as He is imagined to be.)
But this is based on a further claim that is probably false. This claim is that ‘God as He
is imagined to be’ is ‘God as God really is.’ One of the (usual) particulars of God as
He is imagined to be is that He is separate from physical reality: That physical reality is not God. There
is no evident basis for this claim.
So that is the argument.
Assuming infinity, the infinitely large and complicated, we conclude God, as a property of infinity. Infinity
is enough to contain everything, including all finite concatenations of symbols, which is what our thought and experience
consists of. Most concatenations are nonsense, most of the rest cannot be made manifest in reality. Reality
would seem to require a very particular underlying basis, since it seems so much cannot be made real. But
maybe this is just appearance.
claim then: God, as God really is, fulfills this particular underlying basis. Indeed, God is also this
underlying basis. We might rephrase this: God is mathematics, and the universe is not
‘extra-mathematical,’ but mathematics also.
*Oddly enough, the idea that the universe is somehow ‘extra-mathematical,’ although mathematics
describes it, is based on an ‘argument from ignorance:’ We don’t know
of any mathematical mechanism that makes number manifest into reality, so therefore it’s something else. Of course,
this leaves the problem of manifestation without any approach whatsoever.
**In particular, that we know enough about atoms, and how they interact with each
other, that there is no room for ‘other’ physics, which a manifest God who was not ‘physical reality’
would be. Indeed, Quantum Mechanics, the physics of atoms and their interactions, gives some of the most exact answers to
its problems in all of science. What are still open to debate, however, is its ‘why,’ and how
to interpret many of its implications.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Fear and the Misrepresentation of God.
9:53 pm est
relief from His eternal solitude. A universe of inferiors does not cut it. God is aware
enough, and sensitive enough, that to be lord of a world of fawners and sycophants would still be, to Him, alone.
Yet fawners and sycophants are what those who claim to be His spokespersons say
He wants. Indeed, they assume their position by claiming to be the greatest fawners, and the sincerest
sycophants. They say God is mysterious and unknowable, yet they claim to have dispelled the mystery and know what He wants
from mankind: worship and adoration. The mystery is at once affirmed and denied, the contradiction unmentioned.
God wants equals. But to be an equal to God, you must be God,
for nothing else is equal to God. This would be impossible, except it is already true. It
is not a matter of becoming God, but a matter of becoming aware that you are already God. God is alone, but we His faces have
And so it is for those who claim to be His priests and ministers. Just
as everyone else, they are already God, but just as everyone else, they repress this truth. They repress
this truth because they are terrified of it. And this truth is indeed awful when it is admitted to the intellect, but more
so when it is admitted to the emotions, and acquires its true weight of horror.
the truth of God’s eternal solitude is denied by the priests and ministers even in an intellectual sense. The very idea
is denied, glossed over, or excused, because the mere idea of God’s solitude is a threat to them, and their preaching.
For if God is alone, and all that they say he is, how can He want what they say He wants? A being who only wants sycophants,
worshipers, is defective, not perfect. He is insecure and threatened. And how can an omnipotent being feel threatened?
No. Something else is going on in the minds of the priests and ministers who preach this. No reasonably
intelligent God in His right mind would want what Theists claim He wants.
not only are the Theists terrified of this truth, but they are invested in the lie. And the lie provides them with many things
they desire: Most importantly a God to worship, yes, a being to stand between them and the horror of solitude. But the lie
also provides them with a community, to take away loneliness, and power over its members, and thus to feel the superiority
over the members of their community they imagine their God feels over them.
priests exercise much of this power with fear, the fear of the God they worship. Their people are led to fear the punishment
due to His wrath, and the withdrawal of His favor and affection. But also their people are led to fear the anger and withdrawal
of affection of the other members of the community. For even as the priest has made himself subject to his image of God, his
community has made itself subject to the priest, and he can turn the weight of the community against those who may oppose
him, both within and without the community.
And with this comes a freedom, a
freedom to do evil, with absolution of responsibility for evil actions performed in his god’s name.
It is obvious that God is alone. Fear of this awareness corrupts thinking at a very fundamental
level, hindering the progress of understanding and the acquisition of wisdom. It is also the biggest obstacle
to truly understanding God. Instead an impaired understanding of God has been propagated throughout history,
and history’s defective and often horrific acts have been the result.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Horror, the Terror and Society, Revisited
11:51 pm est
This is a re-edit of last year's post for November http://truthabouttheone.com/2013.11.01_arch.html
Consider the situation of indestructible God, a being alone for all eternity, for the horror that it is. Eternal,
there is one thing God cannot do, and that is reach the end of itself.
are each and all God, more exactly since we are each a realized face of God, looking into this world, there was a time, many
times, actually, we knew and understood this. But the horror of this knowledge, this truth, is unbearable, so we come into
this world, and in this world we forget the horror. That is, we bury this knowledge, this knowledge of the horror of
our eternal solitude in our unconscious. And so we are susceptible to terror, the fearful anticipation that this knowledge
will be unearthed and revealed to us. This is the distinction between horror and terror: Terror is the fearful
anticipation, horror the sickening realization.
Of course, we cannot be terrorized of that
particular knowledge. The problem here is if we already knew what it was that truly terrorized us, we would be horrified,
instead, and that is what we strive to avoid. So we cannot know what the knowledge is that so terrorizes us. True knowledge
terrifies us, which is why we all rely on pseudo-knowledges, substitutes for true knowledge and which come in many varieties.
Each variety of pseudo-knowledge stands in its own particular relation to 'THE TRUTH,' and so provides its own peculiar
terrors, its own barriers to a proper understanding of reality.*
can this truth be merely revealed to us, or are our eyes clenched tight against the knowledge, our minds in furious denial?
The eternal solitude of God can be described in words, but what gives the words meaning? To perceive and understand
it, does not a person, to some degree, have to seek out that meaning, to seek out and confront that horror? That meaning,
that horror, is so awful that the person hearing the description rejects the concept, denies the meaning, and the words become
empty of emotion. To perceive and understand eternal solitude, a person must imagine to himself, must allow to himself,
the emotional awareness of it.
Consider the Atheist. He denies the existence
of God, so the idea of His eternal solitude becomes an abstract hypothetical, which the Atheist can simply ignore. The alternative
assumptions of metaphysical solipsism are also denied, or at least their horrifying conclusion is denied, and the Atheist
thus avoids confronting his own essential solitude. There is no God to comfort the Atheist and shield him from this solitude,
but the Atheist, alone in the kaleidoscope of his own individual experience, turns his back to it. But the logic, the
why of creation, is sacrificed, and the world becomes either meaningless, or artifice.
on the other hand, in his terror, denies the logical consequences of his assumptions: He imagines his God, a being who
is supreme in intellect, knowledge and feeling and who is somehow either unaware of His eternal solitude, or uncaring of it.
Or somehow the presence of hugely inferior beings, beings both stupid and small, beings whom the Theist describes as really
being mere inanimate toys to his God, is, over eternity, an adequate distraction. The authoritarian Theist is not allowed
to question this inconsistency, so this inconsistency twists the root of his logic in all his thinking. The ultimate
why of creation, the creation of equals, is thus denied. His fear of authority blocks the necessary identification with
God in his own crippled imagination, and consigns him to inferiority before his God, an inferiority he justifies as God's
Neither does the inconsistency of God's supreme intellect combined with God's
ignorance of His own solitude arise in the mind of the authoritative Theist. In him, the terror simply channels his
attention, the unconscious threat of its lash confining his mind to emotionally safe channels, occupying his intellect with
unending and unresolvable complication. Once again, the terror of confronting this inconsistency twists logic and stunts
thinking, as the acceptance of necessary inconsistency in rational thought is denied, and excess and ultimately foolish consistency
So even confronted with a description of God's essential solitude,
we do not feel the horror, so abject is our terror of it. And so abject is our terror of it, we do not allow ourselves to
feel that terror, and so that terror binds our thought, and renders our minds small.**
we cannot be terrorized of God's solitude, we have to be terrorized of other things. Terror is necessary, because other
distraction is always eventually inadequate.
In the avoidance of the horror,
where real terror is insufficient, terror is imagined, and if necessary, manufactured.
does terror work? One must have something to lose, something precious, something one is emotionally invested in, whose
loss one can anticipate with fearful apprehension. But that which is most precious, the God within, one of whose faces we
each are, that is the soul, and the souls of others, for that matter, cannot be destroyed. But one can imagine that
one's soul, or the souls of others, can be destroyed. Or corrupted. Or condemned. And these become sources
of terror. And priests and other purveyors of these kinds of pseudo-knowledge cultivate this terror in their followers,
to manipulate them to often unseemly ends.
Or the soul can be disregarded, or even denied its
existence. Then substitutes for the soul must be found, things which are- made, and made precious. So much
effort is spent imposing one pseudo-knowledge or another on people, to make them value various things, that they may then
be bound by the terror of the loss of those things. But this requires a world of make-believe, a world of mortality, and other
beings. And consequence, where the immortal and solitary life of God and the soul is, one way or another, forgotten: This
And this world is full of- things which seem precious, although different
people place different values on these different things according to their pseudo-knowledge. Some pseudo-knowledges
move their believers to feel those things which are most precious are one's own life, or the life of others. Indeed, since
the essential solitude of God's immortal soul is the greatest aspect of God's horror, the life of others may become
more precious than one's own, especially since one ‘knows' one's own soul is immortal. (But so of course
are all the other beings one holds dear.)
And in this world full of
things, we have consumer culture, where people are convinced that what is precious are things. They are attracted by
those things, though ultimately they do not satisfy. But more importantly, they are terrorized by the fear of the loss
of those things, and this controls and binds their attention. And in the US, and many other ‘advanced' countries,
we have, to one degree or another, the cult of freedom, and the terror of freedom's loss is used to help keep order.
Indeed, prisons are the nearest approximations this world supplies to the ultimate horror of God's eternity. In particular,
lengthy solitary confinement is the closest this world comes to God's eternal aloneness. The fear of such incarceration
is thus the nearest approximation we have to the terror of the knowledge of God's ultimate horror.
people in situations of horror, and avoiding horror, are kept in line by terror. Terror is a distraction from the horror.
A source of terror is accorded as an evil. As long as horror, the horror, is not confronted, there will be terror. Thus
there will be evil.
But even the blandishments of Paradise become a horror,
where they are unending and unrelieved, and the contemplation of their actual experience terrifying, and thus avoided.
Visions of Paradise thus retain their attraction to the uncritical mind, and the terror of their loss a goad.
prosperous societies may seek their own destruction, creating enemies and division and poverty, where there were none, rather
than endure the banality of abundance. Where evil is not found, it is searched for or created, to provide terror. The
wealthy of a society often take the lead in this, since on them the banality of abundance presses most severely.
They become instruments of terror upon the rest of their society, and so bring terror upon themselves, either directly, by
instigating revolution, or indirectly, by causing their own society's collapse, and then being forced to confront the
chaos that ensues.
Pseudo-knowledge is pervasive. Even the term ‘knowledge' generally refers to intellectual construct, stripped of
emotional weight, yet it is this emotional weight which provides the ultimate meaning to any knowledge. Note also this
blog itself is a form of pseudo-knowledge. True apperception of (the truth of) the horror of God's eternal solitude
cannot be borne for long, and certainly cannot be transmitted by mere words. Thus, even with this knowledge, this mere
description, terror remains. This blog is, at best, a pointing.
to feel the terror is not the only emotional limiter of thought. The inability to feel and express any emotion also
binds the mind, and the perception and expression of emotion, laughter, weeping, anger, frees the mind to new thinking.
Friday, October 31, 2014
10:28 pm est
Why does God want? It is clear that God does want, because otherwise
why would He* have created the world? A changeless, totally transcendent being, perfect and complete unto
itself, would not have bothered with any of it. Or us.
He create the world because He wanted to, or for some other reason? If He did it because
He was compelled to, He wouldn’t be all powerful. There would be some greater power.
Of course, He could have wanted to create the whole world for just some part of it, but had to create the whole thing
because the part of the world He wanted couldn’t exist without the rest of it. This would be a limitation on His omnipotence.
But of course, if He made the world as it is such that He had to create the whole world just so He could get some part
of it, then He must have wanted the whole thing anyway.
So He created
the world because He wanted to. But this raises the further question: Why does God want
what He wants? Why does God want the world as it is, or at least, as it is becoming? And this
raises the question: What exactly is the world, anyway? He would have created
the world exactly as He wanted it, or such that the world would become exactly as He wanted it. (And He would want the process
of its becoming, also. And indeed, it may be the process of its ever becoming that He wants.)
Thus those who believe the world to be other than it is, who deny the results of
the study of the world, of science, are doing themselves, and their God, a disservice. Why do they want
the world to be other than it really is, or is becoming? This would be wanting something their God does
not want. Or, perhaps it is more correctly phrased: Why do they want to believe the world is other
than it is, since they also want the world to be exactly what it is? Why do those
who want to view the world as other than He created it want to see it that way?
But of course, they are also God. So why do they, who are also God, want to see the world
as other than it is? Why do they want to live under a delusion? They do gain companionship.
And a shared purpose. But if they live under a delusion, their companions are delusional. And so
too their purpose. Or do they really want to live under delusion?
But perhaps it is
just part of their becoming. And part of their becoming is becoming aware of their true nature,
and awakening to themselves.
(Of course, by denying the world's true nature, by acting under
delusion, they act to make the world other than what it might be. They act to make it something else. But the tools of delusion
can only make the world something less than it could be.)
So how do they see it, who deny the
world is what it is? For thus they also deny the true nature of God, of which His creation is a reflection. They
deny they are God, of course. But they do not deny that what they do, and what
they want to do, is God’s will. Indeed, they are often emphatic that what they do is God's
But then, if they are doing God’s will, they are agents of God. And so they
see themselves. Indeed, they often see themselves as the agents of God. But they act on an authority,
which they do not question, though such authority is based on a dated, and erroneous view of God and His creation.
They have the will of God, but not the consciousness, not the awareness. They pretend to the power,
but not the responsibility. They do not ask the why of what they do. They do
not ask why God wills it.
But they, too, are part of the process of God's
becoming. So why does God want them to do what they want? We are taught that God acts out of love, yet
many of them, who imagine themselves the agents of God, act out of hate and anger, and claim that this
is God's will.
What is God, and His world, becoming? What does He
want to become? And what does He want His world, and those in it, to become?
object to the use of the pronoun 'He' in referring to God. They may substitute their preferred
pronoun. But the same question arises if we use 'She,' or 'It.' Why did She create the
world, as it is, as the world has become and as it is becoming? Why does She want, what She wants? Or Why
did It create the world, as it is, and as the world has become and is becoming? Why does It want, what
It wants? And the same question arises if 'I' or 'You' is substituted.
For that is who You are.
Whether or not You choose to believe that You are God,
the One God, that of course is your divine prerogative.
As for the reality, You are God, whether You want to be or not. So Welcome!
Here You will find some
answers to some questions You may have about Your divine nature, and the nature of Your creation.
If you are
satisfied with your
life, your faith,your
God, you are
But of course,
who am I to
is only God.
God is known by
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